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Anarchism in America (2006)

Paul Avrich , Jello Biafra , Joel Sucher , Steven Fischler  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Paul Avrich, Jello Biafra, Murray Bookchin, Emma Goldman, Karl Hess
  • Directors: Joel Sucher, Steven Fischler
  • Writers: Joel Sucher, Steven Fischler, Kristina Boden, Gerald Kagan, Lora Myers
  • Producers: Joel Sucher, Steven Fischler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: AK Press
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1904859518
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anarchism in America" on IMDb

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Two fascinating documentaries on one disc! In the first, Anarchism in America, the filmmakers take a road trip to map anarchism as a distinctly American tradition, interviewing a diverse cast of characters: from “ordinary” truckers and farmers to famous anarchists like Kenneth Rexroth and Ursula LeGuin. The second, The Free Voice of Labor, traces the history of the Yiddish anarchist newspaper of that name—publishing it’s final issue after 87 years—as told by it’s now elderly, but decidedly unbowed staff.

Steven Fishler and Joel Sucher, since studying with Martin Scorsese in 1969, have been making Emmy- and Guggenheim award-winning nonfiction films that explore American social history.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Seriously - not only is this whole DVD informative and inspiring, it is ENTERTAINING, with great music and a variety of visual clips, especially in the first film, "Anarchism in America" - this DVD is perfect for beginning crucial dialogue around what anarchy IS, what it ISN'T, how it compares to libertarianism, how it embraces or doesn't embrace violence, AND MORE. This DVD does NOT come down with ONE idea of what anarchism is, either. This DVD is crucial for creating an informed and clear ANALYSIS, something we desperately need as we strive to live our ideals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anarchism in America May 31, 2006
Gangbuster documentary with some priceless historic film of key figures in the history of American anarchism, e.g., Emma Goldman. Funny beginning, almost a "Reefer Madness" approach, then it gets pretty serious, but always informative, never dull, and filled with interviews of some very unique people throughout the U.S., some famous, some not.

Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile June 23, 2008
I was a little worried at first that this documentary would be biased and propagandize for something that I do not believe in. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by what I saw. Karl Hess and Murray Bookchin were previously unknown to me but I appreciated their perspective. The link between libertarianism and anarchism is explored and gave me something to think about. Previously, I never understood the anarchic libertarians I knew but I now have newfound respect for their perspective. That Hess associated with Murray Rothbard was a point in his favor as was the director going to a Libertarian Party convention in the late seventies when it was filmed. Lastly, the eschewing of violence here is something everyone should take note of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 12, 2014
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Good explanations of Anarchism and pretty easily digestible. It also deals well with misconceptions about Anarchism.
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